By Sheila Whiteley
The gap among the Notes examines a sequence of relationships imperative to sixties counter-culture: psychedelic coding and rock song, the Rolling Stones and Charles Manson, the Beatles and the `Summers of love', Jimi Hendrix and hallucinogenics, purple Floyd and area rock. Sheila Whiteley combines musicology and socio-cultural research to light up this terrain, illustrating her argument with key recordings of the time: Cream's She Walks Like a Bearded Rainbow, Hendrix's hiya Joe, crimson Floyd's Set the Controls For the warmth of the solar, The Move's i will listen the Grass develop, between others.The appropriation of innovative rock by means of younger city dance bands within the Nineties make this learn of sixties and seventies counter-culture a well timed intervention. it is going to tell scholars of well known song and tradition, and touch off acceptance and curiosity from those who lived in the course of the interval in addition to a brand new new release that draw notion from its iconography and sensibilities this day.
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Gypsy Eyes has the characteristic glissandi and bentup notes in the guitar introduction, but the opening vocal has no supporting chords and the focus is on Hendrix’s slow, sensual delivery. The overt sexuality of Dolly Dagger is intensified by the pounding rock beat and bass riff. The repetitive blues-like delivery of the coda and the strongly bent-up chords move towards an assertion of dominance and self-gratification which was intensified in live performance. Spanish Castle Magic and Are You Experienced?
In the frame of reference of the song the exuberant refrain suggests the mood of self-assurance gained from a good trip. D. trip as a remarkable flight from reality, where as cautious devotees feel they’ve flown into reality’21 and while the return of the refrain as a coda interspersed THE BEATLES 43 with the equivocal ‘Ah’ might suggest a slight sense of loss as the music fades out, the lack of finality is reassuring. The experience can be repeated. 22 The lyrics leave little doubt that the song focuses hallucinogenic experience.
31 The imagery in Lucy, its poetically comic-book flowers, trees and people, also link the song to the Pop Art movement of the early sixties and to underground posters of the period. Pepper sleeve. All five posters refer to hallucinogenic experience. 32 As Richard Poirier writes: ‘the Beatles have the distinction in their work of knowing that this is how they see and feel these things and of enjoying the knowledge…and at least four of the songs on the Sgt. Pepper album are concerned with taking a ‘trip’ or ‘turning on’.
The Space Between the Notes: Rock and the Counter-Culture by Sheila Whiteley